CONCEDING early put Burton Albion on the back foot and made it difficult to get back into tonight’s Carabao Cup tie at home to Leicester City, says Dino Maamria.
The Championship side took the lead on six minutes and were 2-0 up at the break and although Albion improved in the second half the damage was done.
The Albion manager said: “Our intention was to lock them in, stay on the front foot, work really hard and we have done totally the opposite of that in the first six minutes. When you do that to a team like Leicester City, that makes life really hard.
“That first goal was the key and at the start of the game we were very passive, sat off them and gave them space to operate. We gave them too much respect and that’s not us.
“The message was clear at half-time that we needed to get closer to them and squeeze higher. The second half performance was really good, and we had two brilliant opportunities to score, and we deserved a goal in that second half.”
Maamria had to shuffle the pack after losing Sam Hughes (ankle), Tom Hamer (broken toe) and Jasper Moon (dead leg) with injuries picked up at Blackpool on Saturday. With Mason Bennett also being injured and Cole Stockton having to go off tonight, the Brewers were without key personnel.
Maamria said: “We were forced into making too many changes tonight because of injuries. It’s unfortunate but we are where we are.
“We lost three players from our back five and added to that Mason and Josh Walker, who was already injured, and these are key players for us. That means other players have to come in and step up.
“It’s a tough start with Blackpool away, Leicester and now Derby on Saturday. But we have to look after the lads who are fit. We have a couple of days of recovery and we have to be ready for Saturday.”